A petition requesting that Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger be cast in the lead role of the film adaptation of A Clockwork Orange is expected to fetch between $18,000 and $25,000 at auction.
In February 1968, the petition was sent by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Marianne Faithfull and Anita Pallenberg, among others, to Dr. Strangelove screenwriter Terry Southern, who was working on the adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s novel. The letter requested that Southern cast Jagger , and not Blow Up star David Hemmings, as Alex.
“We, the undersigned, do hereby protest with extreme vehemence as well as shattered illusions (in you) the preference of David Hemmings above Mick Jagger in the role of Alex in The Clockwork Orange,” the typewritten, all-caps letter reads.
In the end, the British Board of Film Censors banned Southern’s script, and Stanley Kubrick eventually secured the rights to A Clockwork Orange and cast Malcolm McDowell in the lead role.